Kirklees-based creative digital marketing agency The Bigger Boat has achieved a record 43% increase in turnover for the period 2017-18.
This substantial uplift in revenue follows significant change for the Mirfield-based company – founded in 2010 by directors Doug Main, Lee Boothroyd and Andy McCaul – whose services include branding, digital and search marketing.
Creative director Doug recently completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK programme, after a successful application to this national – and well-recognised – scheme.
Launched in 2010 – and designed to provide high-quality and practical support to leaders of small businesses in the UK – the opportunity was established to unlock the growth potential for more compact companies.
Commenting on the course, Doug said: “It was fantastic to be chosen to participate and learn new skills. But the chance to liaise with – and bounce ideas off – fellow business owners have been invaluable, and left me with a real hunger to inject some fresh and forward-thinking ideas into how we run The Bigger Boat moving forwards.”
The agency’s biggest growth to date also comes hot on the heels of a duo of key appointments, paving the way for an increase in their 60-strong customer base.
Ruby Ribbons joins the team as a junior account manager, following a degree in communications at Northumbria University. She will be working on a number of client accounts – including UNTHA UK and SNF – and providing social media support as part of her role.
Another notable staff member to join the creative crew is senior account manager Emma Heslop. With a wealth of experience in marketing – including 20 years in the design and print industry – Emma is already heavily involved in numerous client projects and is currently handling the design and digital marketing for the agency’s biggest client, Little Tikes.
Managing Director Andy McCaul said: “Both Ruby and Emma have the digital skills that we look for in all our staff – and have slotted into the team perfectly. With Emma’s vast experience, I am confident that she will bring a wealth of creative knowledge to the table.”
Andy continued: “And Ruby has already embraced her role with an impressive level of commitment. We are looking forward to watching her grow and evolve in this environment.”
The 11-strong agency is now on the lookout for a further account manager to increase its number, as their expansion continues into 2018.
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